by Michael Holley
In January 1975
I went to the Base Exchange in Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba and bought a copy of Popular Electronics. I read it with
interest and figured I would get a computer someday. Later that year I
was attending the College of San Mateo and picked up the December issue
of BYTE magazine. I knew I would get a computer.
Sometime in 1976 a computer store opened down the hill from the college. The store, Allied Computer, was owned by Chet Harris and he gave me a job assembling computer kits for customers. I took my pay in computer stuff.
By the fall of 1976 I had built a SWTPC CT-1024 terminal and was looking for a computer. I had assembled an Imsai 8080 and was not impressed with toggling in programs. I had studied the Apple 1 at the Byte Shop in Mountain View, CA. but I decided to go with the SWTPC 6800. I was attending meetings of the Homebrew Computer Club by this time.
One day Bill Kelly brought in a SDK-80 board to the computer store and wanted to use our Teletype to run it. He worked for Regis McKenna Advertising on the Intel account and had a SDK-80 board that was left over after a photo shoot. We hooked up the board and got it working. Another one of Bill's accounts was Apple Computer, he developed the first ads for the Apple II. He had a prototype Apple II board and needed a power supply for it. I build a power supply and traded it for the SDK-80 board.
The December 1976 issue of Interface Age had a article title "Dr. Wang's Palo Alto Tiny BASIC" by Roger Rauskolb. In early 1977 at a Homebrew Computer Club I asked if anyone had a copy of this Tiny BASIC. Roger was in the audience and said he could provide me a copy. I brought a couple of 2708 EPROMs to his house and left with Tiny BASIC. This program had the famous "@Copyleft, All Wrongs Reserved" statement.
Things I remember about the Homebrew Computer Club